Former Salvation Army officers accused of shocking child sex crimes

TWO former Salvation Army officers have been arrested and charged with a number of shocking historic child sex crimes.

The two men, now aged 74 and 77, are alleged to have raped and sexually assaulted numerous boys at two boys homes in Bexley and Goulburn in the 1960s and 1970s.

Strike Force Lehmann was established to investigate the shocking allegations, which were raised at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.


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Following extensive inquiries, Strike Force detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad arrested the 74-year-old man at a property in Waterloo on Wednesday morning.

Police allege this man assaulted a number of males at boys homes in Bexley and Goulburn between 1971 and 1974.

He was taken to Redfern Police Station where he was charged with 23 counts of indecently assaulting a male, two counts of buggery, and procuring an indecent act with a male.

The man was refused bail to appear before Central Local Court today.

Around the same time detectives arrested the 74-year-old man, the second 77-year-old man was detained at a home in Richmond.

It’s alleged this man assaulted males in a Bexley boys home between 1968 and 1974.

He was taken to Windsor Police Station where he was charged with two counts of indecent assault upon a male, seven counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and four counts of common assault.

The 77-year-old man was granted conditional bail to appear before Windsor Local Court on Thursday 15 December.

If any member of the public has information in relation to Strike Force Lehmann, they should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Police encourage any person who has been a victim of any kind of sexual violence, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, to contact police.

Reports can be made at any police station.

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